Designing Better Buildings

Designing Better Buildings

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Design is widely recognised as the key to improving the quality of the built environment. This well-illustrated book comprises 15 chapters written by leading practitioners, clients, academics and other experts, and presents the latest thinking on what design quality is and how to achieve it. For design practitioners and their clients alike, the book provides evidence to justify greater focus on, and investment in, design. It summarises the benefits that arise from good design - such as, civic pride in the urban environment, the stimulation of urban regeneration, corporate identity, occupant productivity and health in offices, improved learning outcomes in schools, better patient recovery rates in hospitals, as well as reduced environmental impact. And it illustrates these benefits through case study examples. Eight chapters focus on case studies of exemplary buildings in particular sectors - offices, schools, housing, and hospitals - and explain why and how they came to be designed, and the design qualities they exhibit.HVAC maintenance in the existing buildings cost Ap15/m2 a year and costs for lighting and electrics were estimated at Ap3/m2 a year. Quotations were obtained from maintenance contractors for provision of a detailed maintenance service in theanbsp;...

Title:Designing Better Buildings
Author:Sebastian Macmillan
Publisher:Taylor & Francis - 2004


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